Couple shares story after helping rescue swimmer

Posted at 6:19 PM, Jun 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-15 19:19:00-04

Rescuers who pulled a man from the Fox River on Thursday say that a local couple may have helped save his life.

A rainy day kept boaters off the Fox River on Friday, but Jane and Greg Brown were on the water Thursday.

"We were out with our grandson who's going to start on Monday, boater safety school with his grandpa," Jane said.

Jane said that her husband saw somebody..struggling in the water.

"We thought, what was going on," she said. "I was yelling sir, sir, sir, and he wouldn't respond, and all of a sudden he looked at me and said help me, help me."

The Brown's did, throwing him a floatation device and keeping him above water.

"You have to rescue him no matter what, you've got to do what you can," Jane said.

Firefighters came soon after and took the swimmer to shore.

"Crews were actually leaving another emergency call and were in the area, so it was kind of a lucky situation," Green Bay Metro Fire Department Public Information Officer Shauna Wachholz said.

Officials said that this actually happens more than they'd like to see, and can be a good reminder for boaters and people thinking about going in the water.

"Don't swim in the Fox River," Wachholz said. "The currents are strong even for a strong swimmer, and there's a lot of boat traffic as well."

She said boats should have floatation devices. The brown's boat did, and it played a big role in saving the swimmer.

"We just hope he's okay," Jane said.

It also taught a first-hand lesson to their grandson.

"I think he made the comment, I don't have to take the class now I just rescued somebody," Jane said.